NASHVILLE -- Nissan will offer the 2016 electric Leaf with 27 percent more driving range -- and a higher sticker price to reflect it.
The car's top two trim packages, the SV and SL, will boast an EPA-rated driving range of 107 miles for a full charge, thanks to the introduction of a 30 kilowatt-hour battery. The 2015 Leaf's 24 kWh battery delivers an EPA-rated 84-mile range.
The Leaf's entry-level S model will continue to use the 24 kWh battery.
The 2016 change will come with a $2,100 price increase for the SV, which will start at $35,050, including shipping and before a $7,500 federal EV tax credit. The 2016 SL model will increase $1,670 to $37,640, including shipping and before the tax credit.
Nissan did not increase the price of the S model, which remains at $29,860 including shipping, also before the tax credit.
The enhancements come as plunging gasoline prices have taken the wind out of the electric-drive vehicle sales. But Tony Weeks, senior manager of Nissan EV sales and marketing, said that consumers will still "want the convenience of not having to go to a gas station. They like being able to charge their car at home."